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bishop of the Southeastern Minne- sota Synod, effective Sept. 7. When: June 8 on the fifth bal- lot with 310 votes. Vernon Christopherson, pastor of Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn., received 171 votes. Bio: Pastor of


Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fari- bault, Minn. Served ELCA congre- gations in Iowa and Minnesota, and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregations. Received degrees from Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn.; Concordia Senior College (now Concordia Theological Semi- nary), Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis. Replaces: Harold Usgaard, who retired after two terms as bishop.


Elected: Roger Gustafson, 66, as bishop of the Central States Synod, effective Sept. 1. When: June 8th on the fifth ballot with 183 votes. Gerald Mansholt, current synod bishop, received


180 votes. Bio: Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Olathe, Kan. Received degrees from the University of Min- nesota, Minneapolis; and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.


Elected: Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt, 54, as bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, effective Oct. 26.


When: June 8 on the fifth bal- lot with 226 votes. James Wilson, pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio, received 217 votes.


Bio: Assistant to the Southern Ohio Synod bishop. Served three congre- gations in Ohio. Received degrees from the University of Arizona, Tuc- son, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Replaces: Callon Holloway, who is retiring.


Elected: Tracie L. Bartholomew, 50, as bishop of the New Jersey


Re-elected


Robert Driesen, 65, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Upper Susque- hanna Synod on the fifth ballot with 174 votes. Daniel May, pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Turbotville, Pa., received 80 votes.


Richard H. Graham, 62, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Metropoli- tan Washington, D.C., Synod, on the second ballot with 211 of 238 votes.


Ralph E. Jones, 58, to a third six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, on the second ballot with 115 out of 135 votes.


Felipe Lozada-Montañez, 63, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Caribbean Synod, on the first ballot with 71 out of 92 votes.


Kurt F. Kusserow, 49, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod on the first ballot with 283 out of 327 votes.


Lawrence Wohlrabe, 58, to a second six-year term as bishop of the North- western Minnesota Synod, on the first ballot with 88 percent of the vote (75 percent was required to carry the election).


David B. Zellmer, 59, to a second six-year term on the fourth ballot with 322 votes. Andrea Degroot-Nesdahl, a synod minister with the Southwestern Mine- sota Synod, received 77 votes.


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Synod, effective Aug. 1. When: June 9 on the fifth ballot with 232 votes. Scott Schantzen- bach, assistant to the synod bishop, received 204 votes.


Bio: Assistant to New Jersey Synod bishop. Served congregations in New Jersey and Virginia. Member of the Region 7 Campus Ministry Committee. Received degrees from James Madison University, Har- risonburg, Va., and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C. Replaces: Roy Riley, who is retiring after 24 years as bishop.


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